A thankful spirit doesn’t come naturally, does it? We obviously find it easy to thank God when we are experiencing a shower of blessings in our lives, but quite a bit harder to be thankful when difficulties and disappointments crowd in. No matter which situation we currently find ourselves in, we need to stop and simply remind ourselves who He is and what He is like.
As a child I remember the extent of my thankfulness to God was basically confined to our dinnertime prayer which I remember well, “God is good, God is great, let us thank Him for our food. Amen.” That was certainly a good start for a little kid, but far removed from the thankfulness displayed in Psalm 100! A glad and thankful spirit should become an integral part of our daily walk and not just confined to a November holiday or a child’s dinner time prayer.
I Thessalonians 5:8 is a familiar verse stenciled in on my bedroom wall, “In everything give thanks …” If only this verse would magically seep into my soul as I sleep! Psalm 100 indicates two things easily remembered which we can be thankful for no matter what our situation. First, we can always simply be thankful that the Lord is God! We are not on the wrong track. We are not thanking a God who is not even there. We have found the Truth that can be found nowhere else! He is the only true God, and we have the privilege of knowing Him.
Not only is our God the true God, He is also good! He is the Good Shepherd who continually watches over the sheep of His pasture, infinitely more than any good shepherd would do. He is working all of the events of our lives together for a good purpose – for His own glory and our ultimate good. Psalm 103 follows closely behind Psalm 100 and reminds us of some of the benefits we enjoy from His goodness: He forgives all our iniquities, and crowns us with lovingkindness and tender mercies, just to name a few!
Every day we should remember and be glad that, no matter what the circumstances, our Lord is God…and that He is good!
- Regardless of our circumstances, how can we find ourselves expressing thankfulness to God?
- How have you seen the goodness of God in your life lately? Allow your experience to be expressed by thanking God for His work.
This week’s devotional was written by Tom Paschall. Tom and his wife, Theresa, have been married almost 34 years and have 3 married children and 3 grandchildren so far. Their youngest son Zach lives at home along with their lively dog Snickers and not so lively 25+ year old turtle named Chip. Tom works in the IT area at UnitedHealthCare and currently serves as a Deacon at Bethesda Baptist Church in Brownsburg, Indiana.